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Iman Chahin Sharba: Prior to the Departure

Before I was killed by a matter of minutes I was combing the hair of my daughter And braiding her plaits With a pair of tweezers in the shape of … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Hina Shamsi: U.S. Strikes in Syria Are an Illegal Response to Atrocity

ACLU National Security Project No one disputes that Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians is illegal, immoral, and unacceptable. But Assad’s illegality does not excuse illegality in … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Campaign to Exterminate Muslims

Muslims in this age of racialized authoritarianism have been stripped of due process in our courts and are subject—as Abid Naseer and Haroon Aswat were in Britain before being extradited to … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Making Atrocities Great Again

War Crimes and War Criminals, Old and (Potentially) New. A barely noticed anniversary slid by on March 20th. It’s been 15 years since the United States committed the greatest war … Continue reading

April 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Glenn Greenwald with Tom Engelhardt

. . In this one hour video recorded on September 27, 2017 at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald talks about his work. Afterwards, … Continue reading

March 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Stephanie Savell: The Wars No One Notices

Talking to a Demobilized Country I’m in my mid-thirties, which means that, after the 9/11 attacks, when this country went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq in what President George … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: We Became Fragments

. “Missiles fell from the sky like rain.” The Syrian civil war destroyed this teenager’s family — now he’s in Winnipeg, Canada, starting over. Created by Luisa Conlon for The New … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Anthony Ciotoli: Camp

A friend of mine recently returned from working at a Syrian refugee camp in Greece. He can barely speak of his experience. All he can say is he feels he … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The End of Empire

The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: Stay Here and Keep Watch With Me

Sane Soldiering in the Information Wars Incoming! Late in the day on Friday afternoons, when many of us used to look forward to some downtime alone or with friends or … Continue reading

September 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Aviva Chomsky: How (Not) to Challenge Racist Violence

Protesters are eager to expend extraordinary energy denouncing small-scale racist actors. But what about the large-scale racist actors? As white nationalism and the so-called “alt-Right” have gained prominence in the … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Peter Van Buren: How to Sustain Perpetual War? Easy — Hide the Bodies

Sustaining America’s state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this purpose is the bloodless narrative, a combination of policy, … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

W.J. Astore: Happy 4th of July! And a Global War on Something

I live in a fairly posh area of America.  A place where people have vacation “cottages” with pools, a “destination” place for some, especially in July and August.  July 4th … Continue reading

July 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Kashishi

For Raff Ellis How many generations have we been peddlers of notions, our ribbons of battle fluttering from kashishi – livelihood out of suitcases – from packs, from the karra … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

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